Terlato Vineyards Galaxy 2009


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The color is very dark red/purple, the first indication of the depth & intensity of this wine. Because the wine is so youthful, the nose goes through many stages upon opening. Closed to start with but with some air and time the nose opens up to reveal layers & layers of fruit. When first tasted, it showed blueberry and allspice but that transforms into tobacco and chocolate blended with mulberry. With more air and time the nose transforms again to ripe plums and layers of oak spice; mostly nutmeg, clove and allspice again. The flavors will need years to develop the complexity promised by the ever changing nose. At this point in its life, it is intense stone fruit flavors with a good grip of tannin. The mid palate is rich, full and nice fruit flavors. The wine will need a full 10 years in the bottle to display all the possible potential. The intriguing aspect of this wine is its complexity. It isn't Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot or Syrah but a complex trilogy with a most interesting new wine aroma and taste profile.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Brand Terlato Vineyards
  • we95

Wine EnthusiastA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, this is dry, smooth, rich and delicious, and it offers waves of ripe blackberry, crème de cassis, dark chocolate and charred meat flavors, plus the spiciness of sweet licorice and pepper. It can be consumed now, but it will also develop for 3-4 years.

Steve Heimoff, April 1, 2013
  • ws85

Wine SpectatorRustic, intense and savory, with dried berry and cedary oak. Appears to be wrestling with an identity crisis, as the different grapes work against one other rather than in harmony. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Drink now through 2018. 800 cases made.

James Laube, 2013